Thank you for dropping by. We’ve compiled a list of descriptions of each health care discipline with the intent to empower you on your journey.
Registered Nurses are licensed by the state of Hawaii to deliver nursing care under the direction of a physician. Home Health nurses can provide follow up care and instruction after a patient has had an acute medical event. Nurses can provide skilled hands on care including implementing wound care, administering medication, including injections, performing tracheostomy care, insertion and managing urinary catheters, performing ostomy care, and monitoring vital signs. When appropriate, nurses will instruct the patient or a family member on how to eventually manage their own care. RNs who work in Home Health can also help in the management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and congestive heart failure, by monitoring the patient’s condition and by instructing patients and their families on disease processes, medications, potential complications and when to notify a doctor or call 911.
Certified Nursing Assistants have received formal training in patient home care skills and home management. They are qualified to perform tasks and services that help you maintain your personal comfort and a clean, safe environment. CNAs work under the supervision of the Director of Nursing. Their services include personal hygiene and grooming such as bed bath-sponge, tub, or shower bath; shampooing hair; nail and hair care; oral hygiene, toileting, safe transfer techniques and ambulation for normal range of motion and position; adequate nutrition and fluid intake.Physical Therapists are licensed by the State of Hawaii after having completed a PT curriculum approved by the American Physical Therapy Association or the Council of Medical Education and Hospitals of the AMA. Physical therapy treats bodily ailments or disabilities through physical intervention. This type of therapy attempts to limit the use of drugs and surgery. Working with your physician, a physical therapist will evaluate your current condition and provide exercises to help alleviate pain and improve physical mobility. Physical therapy can also include massage and heat treatment and is often recommended after surgery or for other medical conditions, to improve mobility, balance, posture, coordination, muscular strength and endurance.
Physical Therapy Assistants are licensed by the State of Hawaii and graduates of a two-year college level program approved by the American Physical Therapy Association or the Council of Medical Education and Hospitals of the AMA. They work under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist and provide treatment to help relieve pain, prevent disability; develop, improve and restore muscle function.Occupational Therapists are health professionals with a four-year degree that specializes in evaluating and treating issues that limit functional independence. An OT helps patients return to their daily routines, such as dressing, brushing their teeth or bathing. Their job is to modify activities within the home while their patient is on the mend. They also examine a person’s environment to ensure they can carry out daily activities safely and comfortably.Speech Therapists are members of the American Speech and Hearing Association and have a Master’s Degree in speech language pathology. The ST provides rehabilitation services for speech and language disorders, and also instructs and counsels the therapy team and family members on methods to assist the patient so they may improve and accept their present challenge. Educating the family and therapy team is an essential part of the ST’s support. We have a certified therapist able to support clients with dysphagia. E-Swallow Therapy is an adjunctive modality to traditional exercise that unites the power of electrical stimulation with the benefits of swallowing exercises. Combining E-Swallow and traditional therapy allows clinicians to accelerate strengthening, restore function, and help the brain remap the swallow. Research has demonstrated that combining these therapies results in better outcomes than using either one alone.